“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.”
Workout of the Day
Back Squat 1-1-1
Some Thoughts on Progress
One of the great things about your first few months (years, even) of CrossFit is an obvious, leap-frogging progression in your fitness. The progress curve looks much like a cresting wave; the x axis is progress (adaptation) the y is difficulty in progress. In the beginning the progress comes quickly, one must just attend the class and follow instruction, eat a good diet and rest, but as time wears on your physical improvements begin to slow, the remaining adaptations come at a snail’s pace, which is often why people quit after 6 months to a year.
The difference between you and the professional athletes making a living off their body (aside from natural talent) is that they’ve spent the last 5, 10, 15 years of their life improving by just a fraction of a percent a year. A fraction of a percent.
The only reason I bring this up is because I occasionally have the long, repetitive and unfortunate conversation with clients who have been with us since what seems like our inception about how difficult progress is becoming. It’s easy to point the finger at one’s diet, or commitment, but the reality is this: the better we get, the harder it is to get better. Accept this difficulty, and once you’ve done this realize that the next gain in work capacity will only come from working that much harder, suffering that much more and the willingness to grow at a slower pace.
Here’s Justin Flagg suffering under the heavy adaptation curve. Sometimes progress just isn’t there. But how you handle that will determine whether you will ever see progress in the future.
“Some days will be harder than others…” by Katie Sandoval, pulled from Facebook. Very true, we say.